I first saw “Dear World, How are you?“ in the Nelson library (libraries are good places to visit when you’re new to an area. They are abundant on local information). Displayed with the new books, the byline read “The true story of a little boy on a big quest” – how could I resist?
The inside covers had postage stamps and postmarks on them – I was intrigued.
Toby (the little boy with a big quest) was inspired by a school reader “Letter to New Zealand”, by Alison Hawes, which outlined the journey of a letter, between pen-pals, from the UK to the other side of the globe. Toby wondered if he could write a letter to New Zealand or perhaps every country in the world.
The replies contain encouragement, love, inspiration, hope, friendship, gratitude and recipes
Toby’s mother, Sabine, recognised the learning opportunity behind this request and took on the task of finding correspondents and helping with the research behind each letter. I applaud the time and effort Sabine has contributed to this valuable teaching moment.
This book is a selection of letters from Toby’s Writing to the World project. Dear World highlights the fact that our world has differences – different languages, food, living situations and economics. Toby’s letters touched many people from all walks of life, encouraged people to explore their local area and created a huge travel-to-do list for Toby.
Common themes from the replies include the encouragement Toby received to continue his project, the gratitude of being included in his project and many apologies for late replies.
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The book has ~300 pages but is a quick read due to the largish print and I love the turquoise cover.
I got this book from my local library but also available from Amazon UK
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